Keith Haring vs Mr Doodle


 I watched a information merchandise on BBC Breakfast Tv this morning about a chap called Mr Doodle (his true title is essentially Sam Cox)

The BBC was dealing with him as if he’d invented a entirely new way of producing artwork – which is what prompted this submit.

In point, it appeared pretty substantially to me as if he is seeking to emulate the fashion of Keith Haring (1958-1990) – minus the homoerotic / sexual elements of the latter’s operate. Mr Doodle’s artwork seems to concentration extra on what glance like kiddy cartoon characters – BUT the design and style of drawing is very, quite comparable. (I do wonder at occasions what the BBC getting rid of qualified arts journalists is carrying out to its coverage of artwork).

Keith Haring Foundation website
Keith Haring Foundation web page

Haring was extremely substantially a pop society artist of the 1980s. I well remember looking at about him at the time and staying completely stunned by nature and scale of his artworks.

He turned an recognized artist by 1983 but favored to preserve his selling prices low so that his artwork was extra obtainable.

Haring developed the Pop Store in 1986 in the SoHo district of Manhattan, promoting T-shirts, toys, posters, and other objects that display his works—allowing his works to be obtainable to a more substantial number of men and women. Talking about the Pop Shop in 1989, Haring mentioned: “For the previous five or 6 years, the benefits I have gotten are pretty disproportionate to what I should have…I make a whole lot much more dollars than what I should really make, so it truly is a tiny little bit of guilt, of seeking to give it back again.” Wikipedia

His artwork is now administered by the Keith Haring Basis and marketed by using the Gladstone Gallery in New York 

Haring’s Quite exclusive signature model has been a great deal copied over the many years by:

  • his enthusiasts wishing to make accolades to his artwork
  • those people wishing to make heaps of revenue from his type – in element mainly because Haring’s design is so  extremely marketable. 

The reason Mr Doodle got a considerable place on the BBC is simply because he is doodled his house in Tenterden in Kent – completely just about everywhere. Apparently the neighbours really don’t intellect. I am questioning if they may should really opening the residence to the public is the future move!

See the online video from his Twitter account below

It struck me that the home in Tenterden might not be in which he and his wife basically are living – primarily because of the pretty much full absence of home furniture (who in fact life like that?). It truly is perhaps a residence which has been reworked to generate a marketing commodity. It truly is definitely been compensated for by his preceding successes in the market.

Evidently, Mr Doodle has been performing

incredibly well with his doodles in the auction marketplaces and with exhibitions throughout the globe. In truth he is been coated by the highly regarded art journals and main newspapers.

In an electronic mail, Cox advised Artnet News that he made his change moi in December 2014, when he was still an formidable but fairly unassuming college student in the illustration method at the College of West England in Bristol. A single fateful day, he waltzed into class “fully dressed up in my hand-doodled apparel,” at which stage the instructor gave him the nickname that now receives auction paddles waving all over the planet.

Sam Cox is much better recognised as Mr Doodle. He describes his drawing model as “OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Drawing” and “growing drawing virus.” Mr. Doodle’s consumers include Adidas, MTV, and Cass Artwork.

Given that (university), Cox’s work has exploded in recognition, earning him exhibitions in London and Seoul as effectively as plenty of collaborations with brand names such as MTV, Adidas, Fendi, and Puma. His work debuted on the secondary industry in March 2020 by August of that yr, his portray Spring (2019) experienced marketed for practically $1 million at auction. Cox has embraced the theatrical performativity of his Mr Doodle persona, wearing his hand-drawn garments for public appearances and establishing an prolonged mythos for the character.

He seems like a awesome personable chap with the vitality to continue to keep producing his art – and a incredibly intelligent branding and publicity/PR agent.

On the other hand, I should confess I’m allergic to anyone who appears to be to generate art as a way of building a branding empire so I’m not a fan.

I’m also not a fan of some of the subjects of Haring’s art – but I do incredibly a lot desire ‘total originals’ instead than what appears to me like a ‘style replica’. 

While recognising that Picasso said 

Great artists copy, fantastic artists steal

it however will come throughout to me a bit like individuals stylists who duplicate Parisian couture….. They can be pretty, pretty excellent – but it is just not the exact same…..

Curiously even though Keith Haring has an intensive Wikipedia entry – of the artwork history variety –  Mr Doodle has none.

This may possibly of course transform in the long term – his PR agent may well just not have got spherical to it yet…. ) 


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